Delaware County Council kicks off its

15th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

2017 Food Drive

 

As the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday approaches, and our country continues to struggle after being hit by a series of natural disasters, social service agencies are focusing on the new face of hunger and the fact that working families and children struggle with “food insecurity” as well as people living in poverty.

In recognition of the need to help feed hungry families, Delaware County Council kicked off the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, marking its 15th anniversary.

County Council, the County Department of Human Services, and the County Department of Intercommunity Health (ICH) will once again join forces with Magellan Behavioral Health of PA to collect non-perishable food items to distribute to families in need.

County Council and the Human Services Department staff have partnered with Magellan for 15 years to coordinate the food drive.  Each year, more departments and businesses join the County drive.

Providers involved with local food assistance programs continue to report an increasing demand for donations during these challenging economic times.  Members of the public and business community are invited to join county employees in placing donations in collection boxes, which are placed in the Government Center lobby, outside the Sheriff’s office in the Courthouse, and the Fronefield Building, which houses court services. Food collection boxes are also placed at Fair Acres in the main lobby (building 8) and the Detention and 911 centers, all located in Middletown, the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and Children and Youth Services (CYS) offices, both in Eddystone, and, the Human Services offices in Upper Darby. People can also make donations at the county libraries.

County Councilman Dave White announced the start of the 2017 Food Drive at the Oct. 4 County Council meeting, encouraging participation by employees, residents and merchants doing business at the Courthouse, Government Center and all designated county offices.

“The need for food assistance is greater now than ever. This is still a tough economy for many folks, and it is crucial that we continue to reach out to our families in need,” said Councilman White “It’s not just people living in poverty who face hunger. It’s senior citizens who choose between paying for food and paying for medicine. It’s families with children who are eating less, or eating less nutritious food. Those of us who are able should extend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate.”

This year, donations will be delivered on Oct. 26 to the food bank at Mt. Zion Church in Sharon Hill and First United Methodist in Media will accept the second delivery on November 17.

FCS and DIFAN suggest donating canned meats (chicken, tuna, ham), boxed or canned side dishes (rice/potatoes/pasta), peanut butter, jelly, unsweetened cereal, infant formula, coffee, tea, canned vegetables (tomatoes, peas, corn) and canned fruits and soups, especially main dish soups with meat.

Individuals who want to make donations or families who want information about the DIFAN food centers can call FCS, at (610) 566-7540. For more information about how you can participate in the 2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive, contact OBH at (610) 713-2365.